Queensland’s mandatory adoption of AGTTM delayed to 1 December 2021
As you will be aware the Austroads Guide to Temporary Traffic Management Guide (AGTTM) was released in December 2019 and over the past 18 months, Queensland has been in the process of transitioning over to a mandatory adoption of this Guide.
Organisations have been able to voluntarily adopt the new temporary traffic management standards in Queensland since 1 January 2021, but the mandatory date for adoption of this Guide was previously set at 1 August 2021.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads acknowledges that organisations are working hard to support delivery of our Unite and Recovery program of work whilst transitioning to the new standards, and have now extended the mandatory adoption date from 1 August 2021 to 1 December 2021 to allow the industry more time to prepare.
The adoption of this Guide will be an important step in improving safety for some of our most vulnerable workers and ensuring a consistent approach to temporary traffic management Australia-wide. It will ensure we have a consistent and best-practice approach across Australia and allow our roadworkers to go to work with confidence that their safety is the number one priority. It will also improve consistency for road users travelling across state borders as the same minimum requirements will now apply Australia-wide.
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Department of Transport and Main Roads
To help support the Queensland industry through this transition period, the department has implemented a range of measures over the past year including:
- updating our existing Queensland guidance document (Manual Uniform of Traffic Control Devices, MUTCD Part 3) in line with the new nationally recognised AGTTM
- creating a new Queensland guidance document – Queensland Guide to Temporary Traffic Management – to advise how the AGTTM should be applied practically in Queensland and identifies where Queensland’s practices exceed those in the AGTTM national standard
- released our Points of Differences study which identified key differences between the practices outlined in the former Queensland MUCTD Part 3 and Supplement and the new AGTTM.